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Our students see things differently.

Mills College prepares practitioners and change makers in the field of education for leadership in settings inside and beyond the classroom, and in policy and advocacy roles. Recipients of the online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership will go on to become luminaries and pioneers in their institutions through a community built on self-expression, critical reflection, and the desire to change the world for the better.

Program Features

Using a variety of research tools; applying inquiry methods and change theory to strategic planning, implementation, and assessment; and collaborate with constituencies, in order to create optimal conditions for teaching and learning.

A collaborative model of leadership that values inclusiveness, collaboration, and information sharing.

A leadership model grounded in knowledge of teaching and learning, administrative guidance in curriculum development, use of change theories and strategies in meeting the legal, ethical, social and fiscal demands that leaders will inevitably confront.

A learning model that is focused on implementing organizational change through the growth and development of all stakeholders.

Educational Leadership Program Objectives


The ability to organize teams and develop curricula thoughtfully, intentionally, and from both a high-level and on the ground. Regardless of your professional setting you will learn how to approach everyday issues in the field of education with compassion, ethics, and grit.


An approach to organization, infrastructure, and the planning of programs and initiatives across the fields of education and youth services. You will also develop critical skills needed to assess progress and possibilities—of individual students, teams, and systems.


A breadth of management strategies and methods in order to ensure that you are comfortable and successful in positions managing teams, employees, and fiscal resources.

Social Impact

For over a century, Mills has had a reputation as a community and institution highly concerned with social justice and achieving equity. There are fewer areas of society where this is more important than in the field of education; as a Mills student, you will join a tradition of social consciousness and learn to gear your decisions, practice, and communities toward change for the better.

Curriculum Key Skills

To reach the stated goal of developing leadership competencies in students who wish to pursue positions in educational leadership, the following four key learning outcomes have been identified as skills that graduates must be able to perform upon program completion:

  • Identify their philosophical orientation and have a moral/ethical grounding
  • Implement curricular change through creating learning environments where teachers and students thrive
  • Organize teams to develop new curricular approaches
  • Identify and organize high quality professional development and can create plans for implementation
  • Implement change through improving teaching and learning
  • Create with others an inclusive community of learners
  • Identify issues and approaches in evaluation
  • Evaluate and design program improvement
  • Evaluate effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of policies and programs
  • Apply a systems perspective to effectively guide change of the educational community
  • Identify and analyze the origins of school fiscal/non-fiscal resources
  • Manage the budget planning and implementation process as driven by multiple priorities
  • Manage human resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of the political nature of education and its impact on the community
  • Work effectively by respecting and having empathy for constituent groups with multiple perspectives
  • Manage program development in the context of competing interests
  • Exhibit the ability to operationalize legal and regulatory requirements concepts of legal processes and organizational resources
  • Promote awareness and understanding of diverse populations in the school and community
  • Collaborate and develop relationships with community stakeholders to address conditions that affect learning

Upcoming Events

Application Workshop - MA Educational Leadership

May 15, 2019 6:00pm PST

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Important Dates

  • Priority Application: June 24, 2019
  • Final Application: July 24, 2019
  • Classes Begin: August, 28 2019

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